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Heartstrings Violin Academy to give scholarships valued EC $10,000 – One News St.Vincent

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By Admin. Updated 8:27 p.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2022, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Two children ages 9 – 14 will be awarded a full one-year scholarship to learn the violin with Heartstrings Violin Academy.

According to a press release, the scholarships are valued at EC $10,000 and will include the instruments (violins).

The scholarship disbursements are expected to happen after the hosting of the school’s upcoming musical event – HeartStrings Love Fiesta 2022.

The event will be held on Saturday 10th December 2022, and is being promoted by Toks Music and Ask Promotions.

The live concert will take place at the Russell Auditorium from 8pm, and it will showcase instruments, voices, arts, “that will tug at your heartstrings,” the organizers say.

The organizers, in a release, describe the upcoming LIVE concert as one that will be “electrifying”.

The cast includes: Students from Heart Strings Academy, Brian Maloney, Azariah Gibson, Kyyah Roderiques, Bryan Sax, Poetic Heart Dancers, The Band 𝐒𝐢𝐥𝐜 and Samuel Toka (Toks Violin), the release stated.

The remainder of the release:

The Musical Director of Heart Strings 𝐿𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝐹𝑖𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑎 2022 has over fourteen (14) years of experience on the violin, Samuel Toka (Toks Violin) continues to push boundaries with his unique style of music. The Nigerian Vincentian has performed at numerous events here in Saint Vincent, and abroad for events such as weddings, corporate events, and in front of thousands on live stages. His most recent being his special presentation to the President of India on his visit to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,

His spirit-lifting performances have been reported to fuse classical technique with popular and jazz music, creating a sound that everyone can relate to while still enjoying the unique beauty of the violin. Most of his audience refer to his performances as “he makes the violin sing”.

Samuel Toka of Toks Violin Music left medical school when he realized his real passion was for music. He went on to study music full time, with a Grade 8 certificate in violin performance from the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

In addition to performing, Samuel Toka of Toks Violin Music is the founder of Heartstrings Violin Academy, where he teaches others how to play the instrument, and read music using his special curriculum created from over ten years of research on the topic, experience as a performer, and relevant popular music techniques. He is proud to know that all his students would be performing live on stage with him at the first installment of his signature concert – Heartstrings, on the 10th of December 2022

The producer of the show, Ask Promotions is anticipating a mind-blowing evening come showtime and excited that

𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬: 𝐿𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝐹𝑖𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑎 2022 Community Tour:

30th Nov -Visit to Questelles Government School.

30th Nov- Home of the Elderly: Pembroke 

2nd Dec – A.G.O Customer Service Day

3rd Dec- Campden Park Secondary School 

 6-9 Dec – Media Tour 

10th Dec – 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬: 𝐿𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝐹𝑖𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑎 2022.

Toks Violin’s goal is to continue to spread love through this instrument and impact the lives of persons who finds an interest in learning about the instrument through Heartstrings Violin Academy. He has a social media presence on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram at @toks_violin, where he shares his passion with the rest of the world. You can also reach Toks Violin at +1 784 496 4273, or toksviolin@gmail.com.



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Mi casa es su casa – One News St.Vincent

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By Professor Richard A. Byron-Cox (PhD)

America and other military colossuses of this world can and indeed do in their practice of foreign policy, follow Kissinger’sdoctrine of having no permanent friends, only interests.However, if tiny, extremely vulnerable, poor, and virtually powerless nations like SVG were to ignore the need for solidarity, this would be perilous. Building solid fraternal relations is sin qua non not only for protecting their sovereignty and independence, but to their survival! Their viability as sovereign states depends inter alia on appreciation by others of their unique challenges, hence their need for genuine friends, while avoiding and discouraging enmity. This idea is the nucleus of the philosophical foundation of SVG’s foreign policy, andfrom whence its cornerstone principle, “Friends of all, we strive for a better world.”

This indispensable wisdom manifested in practice, standing our nation tall, is not wholly original. The first phrase is borrowed from Errol Walton Barrow, who shepherded Barbados toindependence. We apply his concept mutatis mutandis, extolling the need for friendly relations between nations in this turbulent world. Therefore, we extend our hands unclenched to leftist, rightist, Islamism, socialist, the great, small, rich, and poor,willing the construct of a better, saner world. We’ve reached out to Libya’s now deceased Gaddafi, Russia’s Putin, and Iran’s Raisi, -all considered rogues by the global gendarmes-, for in sowing seeds of friendship, one must join hands with those deemed enemies by others, while if truth be told, they are very good Samaritans, Cuba being a case in point.

The connection between these islands existed eons before they were colonized. Our indigenous peoples canoed from theOrinoco to The Bahamas long prior the arrival of imperialism’s violent fists, and genocidal settler colonialism. Our link was damaged; never broken! In modern times many Vincentiansmade the trek to Cuba, some remained, as the Teófilo Stevenson’s story confirms. 1959 saw the birth of the Cuban revolution. Incensed, the American empire branded Cuba an enemy. But like Bill Withers, magnanimous Fidel and disobedient SVG know, we must of necessity, lean on each other, and so rejected this vile maxim that we must be fist pumping at one another.

When our volcano erupted in 1979, Cuba offered assistance. St. Vincent, yet under British colonial yoke, defied American isolationist politics and accepted what we could. Cuba further stretched forth its hands, granting our youths scholarships. They are now solid professionals, thanks to this first-wave of generosity. With the triumph of the Grenada revolution in 1979,the US up the ante, intensifying its anti-Cuba policy, continuing this even after that revolution was murdered in infancy. PM James Mitchell seeing the rest of CARICOM’s firm rebuke ofWashington by their rebuff of its hegemonic confrontational stance, established diplomatic relations with Havana in 1992. From thence the SVG-Cuba ties strengthened. The watershed came in 2001 when the ULP stormed to office.

Under Gonsalves’ leadership our relations blossomed into a mutually beneficial embrace. Cuba has held our hands in education, health, infrastructure and more. We staunchly defend Cuba in every forum regardless of what America says! We stand in solidarity with Cubans during disasters; we work closely in all fora of the Americas, and in broader international arenas such as the Non-Aligned Movement and the UN. During the Obama years, we played our little part in the brief small thaw in US clenched-fist behaviour to Cuba. Notwithstanding that Washington has since retightened its fists, we are hosting the long-overdue visit of a Cuban President, saying unequivocally to Brother Díaz-Canel, “Nuestra casa es su casa!” for Cuba has said to us so many times, “Mi casa es su casa.”

I often expressed via the press the wish that Fidel visited SVG. Sadly, he departed for Valhalla without this being realized. I have also called for a prominent street or place to be named in his honour in recognition of Cuba holding hand not just with us and CARICOM, but with all oppressed humanity. This moment is here now! We must never forget Cuba’s role in the liberation of the countries of Southern Africa; nor should we forget itsmedical humanitarian missions to many parts of the world; and its selfless generosity to the Third World. If ever a country showed what love from a nation looks like, it’s Fidel’s Cuba. And “love is the answer” according to our own Dr. Alston “Becket” Cyrus. Finally, it must be underlined that the visit of President Díaz-Canel is not merely a reflection of good SVG-Cuba relations. Rather it is a powerful example of leadership in the cause of upholding international law and morality, grounded in friendship and respect for national sovereignty, which are essential for international peace and security.



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National Nine Mornings Festival launches this Sunday

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The 2022 National Lotteries Christmas/Nine Mornings Festival will be officially launched this Sunday, December 4 at Heritage Square, in Kingstown, from 7:00 p.m.

The festival was interrupted in 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the eruption of La Soufriere Volcano.
The organisation committee said in a release that Sunday’s launch will feature the return of the street parade, where patrons will engage in a candle light cultural street procession through the streets of Kingstown, commencing at Heritage Square at 6:00 p.m and returning to Heritage Square.

The parade will be accompanied by the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines (RSVG) Police Force Band, and will also feature dance groups, community groups, drumming groups, and X-Pan from Sion Hill.

On returning to Heritage Square the other events will commence with a short opening ceremony  which would include the blessing of the festival by the Pastor Randy Boucher, and worship from the Exalt Him Worship Ministries. The Epic Sound Steel Orchestra will provide steel band music and a special mini presentation will be done by the RSVG Police Band.

The Launch will also hear Christmas greetings from the chairman of the National Nine Mornings Committee, with corporate sponsors- the National Lotteries Authority and Vinlec bringing remarks. Minister of Culture, Carlos James will then declare the festival open with the turning on of the lights at the Square. 

The St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Christmas and Nine Mornings Committee will recognize a number of community stalwarts for their invaluable contribution to the festival over the years.

A varied cultural package will climax the evenings’ activities.





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Cuban President to tour medical facility on Day Two of visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines

A visit to the Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre at Georgetown is one of the highlights of Day Two of the visit of President Miguel Diaz-Canel to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre (MMDC) which was officially opened on July 2, 2018, was built at a cost of EC$42 million with substantial assistance from the Republic of Cuba.

Several medical professionals from Cuba are also among the staff at the MMDC.

The Cuban head of state and his delegation will be given a tour of the MMDC, after which they will be hosted to lunch at the Beachcombers Hotel by Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves.

Tomorrow, Monday December 5, the final day of the visit, wife of the President, Lis Cuesta Peraza accompanied Eloise Gonsalves, wife of the Prime Minister will, at Young Island, view an exhibition of products by Vincentian entrepreneurs, followed by cultural performances.

The Cuban first lady will also have a private discussion with Vincentian women who studied in Cuba and Cuban women living in SVG.

President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel (right) and his wife Lis Cuesta Peraza arriving at the Argyle International Airport on Saturday (API photo)

Also on Monday, the President will pay a courtesy call on head of state Governor General Dame Susan Dougan, and while he is at Government House, his wife, accompanied by Mrs Gonsalves will visit the Botanic Gardens.

The three-day official visit will culminate in a special sitting of the House of Assembly which will be addressed by President Diaz-Canel, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and Leader of the Opposition Dr Godwin Friday.

Members of Cabinet met with the Cuban Delegation during a lunch at La Vue Hotel on Saturday. (API photo)

Shortly after his arrival yesterday, Saturday December 3, the Cuban head of state held discussions with Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves at La Vue Boutique Hotel and Beach Club.

He also met with Cuban workers in SVG and members of the Cuba Friendship Society at the Beachcombers Hotel.





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